Hilary brought mom and dad
from Ashland
where for the last decade
they’d been useful in her home
as bookends and paperweights—
we scattered them on a hillside
mom’s wish
at the junction of two toppled redwoods
in Founder’s Grove above
the West fork of the Eel River
then covered them with pine needles
without ceremony or song
to be washed by storms to come
carbon atom by carbon atom
down the hillside into the Eel River,
and from there to the Pacific—
mom and dad
rising as seeds of incandescent rain
finding their way into the water
I might use someday
to make my morning coffee
which I may drink with cream and sugar
or maybe black
unable to decide if I should read
the New York Times or
plant chrysanthemums.


Image credit:michael podger

Eliot Jacobson received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1983. For 25 years, Eliot was a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. Eliot retired from his position at UCSB in 2009.

After a decade as a player beating the house, Eliot founded his company Jacobson Gaming in 2006. His company specialized in casino table game mathematics, slot machine design, advantage play analysis and auditing online casinos.

Eliot has written three books on gambling. His most recent book, "Advanced Advantage Play" (available on Amazon) is an industry best-seller on the topic of legally beating casino table games and marketing promotions.

Eliot has consulted with casinos internationally, been an expert witness in high-profile cases and has been a sought-after keynote speaker, trainer, and seminar leader. Most recently, Eliot was informed that he will be given the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s World Game Protection Conference in Las Vegas in October.

Eliot closed his business and fully retired in 2017. He now spends his days active as a volunteer, husband, and grandfather.